ICE's 'final meltdown' gives a voice to Harold Washington performers
By Ella Gentz
The open-mic club “Inspired Creative Expression” put on a production of live entertainment in what was called “I.C.E.: The Meltdown.”
The objective of the club is to showcase talent in the school and allow the students a platform for the arts and promote what they are creating, freedom of self expression, said Logan Parks, president of the club.
“This is a spot for artists to come and collaborate, and meet new people,” said Parks. “All art forms are welcome, I would actually like to see more dancers at the shows.”
Throughout the evening there was a variety of performances. The band Mosaico started off the show for us with a cover of “The girl from Ipanema”. King Kali Gemini was cruising through the crowd and invited the concert goers to come up and interact and be more present in his music.
Ifeanyi had an original piece that she sang and rapped to which received loud reactions from the audience.
“I want Harold Washington to be for artists. There is no need for artists to pay $40,000 to $50,000 in tuition to go to art school,” said The Ambiance, who performs at a number of these creative expression events.
“I want art to be encouraged here. Art is my focus, I’d like it if artists were to come here and have a take over. I’d like artists to know that you can come here and do something good,” said The Ambiance.
At the intermission a rap song came on over the speakers that everyone rapped along with. Voicing the lyrics and some pointing with both hands while raising and lowering their shoulders, while also nodding their heads to the timing of the beat.
The performers provided food and refreshments with their own money.
The next project for I.C.E. is the making of a mixtape showcasing the work of artists that are interested in being involved in the project. The deadline is in April with a release party happening sometime in May.
“This is going to be a work of art for the school. Showcasing the talent of the students here,” said Darius Rizzo, vice president of the I.C.E. club.
This event was open to the public, all outside attendees would have to do was show their government issued ID at the front desk.